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To help you prepare for your Student Teacher interview, here are 30 interview questions and answer examples.

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What positive reinforcement will you use to navigate troublesome students back onto the path of educational success?

How to Answer

Positive reinforcement is less used than negative reinforcement. If you have ways to stay positive, the interviewer will be impressed. Share things you plan to do in the classroom.

Written by Shane Reinhard on February 15th, 2021

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30 Student Teacher Interview Questions & Answers

  • Behavioral

    1. What positive reinforcement will you use to navigate troublesome students back onto the path of educational success?

      How to Answer

      Positive reinforcement is less used than negative reinforcement. If you have ways to stay positive, the interviewer will be impressed. Share things you plan to do in the classroom.

      Written by Shane Reinhard on February 15th, 2021

      1st Answer Example

      "Positive reinforcement can look a lot of ways. One way is with simple gestures of positive verbal feedback. Another is through candy, small prizes, and extra credit."

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      Community Answer

      "Positive reinforcement that has worked for me involves giving extra credit for students. Many of my students work diligently to make sure they live up to expectations and get the credit they deserve."

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      If extra credit does not work for some, try giving a free day or ask the students what they want. You can come to some kind of agreement.

  • Behavioral

    2. How do you bring in the parents when a behavioral problem is taking place with their student?

      How to Answer

      Parents need to be apart of their child's learning. Often, they are left out because teachers do not reach out. But, parents can be a teacher's perfect resource. Talking with a parent about their child's troubles can aid in communication and a plan for the future.

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      1st Answer Example

      "Whenever I am having an issue with a student, I reach out to a student's parents. The parents are always open to doing what is best for their child. We can come up with a plan that gives constructive feedback in the future for their student."

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      Community Answer

      "First, I send an email to the parent. If I don't hear back, I call. If needed, an in-person meeting may need to take place."

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      This is a great time to bring in a fellow teacher first. If the problem persists, a counselor and the adminstration can soon follow.

  • Behavioral

    3. What is the best way to keep students inspired, so they do not become a distraction but instead self-directed individuals?

      How to Answer

      Inspiring students can be one of the hardest parts of the job. To be a quality teacher, you have to have the appropriate mix of being energetic, motivating, and good at teaching material. Explain how you will accomplish this appropriately.

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      1st Answer Example

      "Inspiration can come in many forms. I know I will not reach every student, but I can sure try. One way I try to inspire is to live out what I teach. If I ask students to accomplish something, I should do the same. Students will see how I actively live my life, and this can bring about good things."

      Written by Shane Reinhard on February 15th, 2021

      Community Answer

      "For me, the best way to inspire others is to give them responsibility. Whether that is collecting papers at the end of class or writing stuff on the board for me, students can feel they have value in the classroom."

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      Shane Reinhard

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      Even try having your students teach each other. Students will listen to their teacher, but they will listen to their peers that much more.

  • Behavioral

    4. How would you work with a student who is often defiant?

      How to Answer

      Answering a question about a troublesome student is expected in any teaching interview. The interviewer wants to see how you handle the hardest of students. Give specifics on a step-by-step process to make things work.

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  • Behavioral

    5. How would you react if a student said you were the worst teacher on planet Earth?

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      There may come a time when a student says something awful towards you to hurt you. How you react will make all the difference. An interviewer wants to see your plan of attack and how things will look with the student in the future.

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  • Common

    6. Explain your work philosophy.

      How to Answer

      Everyone has a different way that they work. Having a work philosophy can help an interviewer see your value. Share how your typical day would look and what things are most imperative.

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  • Common

    7. What questions can we answer for you?

      How to Answer

      An interviewer wants to see how much research you have done on the school. Come up with some questions beforehand about what you want to know about the school. You can impress an interviewer with the right kind of interest.

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  • Common

    8. What are your qualifications for this position?

      How to Answer

      Even though you have a resume to share with the interviewer, they want to know what qualifications stand out to you. By sharing your background, you can speak yourself up in a humble way. The more you share, the more things you will have at your disposal to impress the interviewer.

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  • Common

    9. Describe your best strength.

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      Everyone is quick to answer their strengths in an interview. However, to have the best answer possible, share a strength that most other candidates would not have. Sure, you will have to think ahead before the interview, but preparation is essential.

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  • Common

    10. Share your career goals.

      How to Answer

      Some more background about yourself to the interviewer never hurts. Give a few goals that you want to accomplish as a teacher. Examples of this include education, certification, conferences, etc.

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  • Common

    11. Explain your greatest weakness and how you work to improve it.

      How to Answer

      This question is one of the most common ones in an interview. An interviewer wants you to be honest about your flaws but also proactive in how you try to make it a strength. Do not feel sheepish with this question because the interviewer understands that no one is perfect and will not hold it against you.

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  • Common

    12. What made you become an educator?

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      This example is another background question to help the interviewer understand who you are as an individual. Speak to things in your life that drew you to the profession. An example could include your own educational experiences.

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  • Discovery

    13. Share how you are an energetic and positive individual.

      How to Answer

      The interviewer knows you will not always be positive and energetic. However, be specific with some times that you have fulfilled those qualities. Speaking of how students reacted will give you bonus points as well.

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  • Discovery

    14. What do you look forward to when it pertains to teaching?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to see your vision and dreams for the future. Think about experiences you are hoping for in the classroom to give clarity to the situation. This way, you will give purpose to what you are looking to accomplish as a teacher at this specific school.

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  • Discovery

    15. How are you a team player?

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      When being considered for any job, interviewers want to know how you will be a team player. Every person is unique and special, but fitting all the pieces together can be a challenge. Speak to how you add and enhance a group, even when it is hard.

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  • Discovery

    16. What does project-based learning look like in your classroom?

      How to Answer

      Projects are a necessary part of any classroom curriculum. An interviewer looks forward to hearing how a student teacher will make this work in the classroom. Give examples of the whole process to give a clear perspective.

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  • Discovery

    17. In what ways do you use data to help differentiate your instruction?

      How to Answer

      Instruction can not stay stagnant, or things get boring in a classroom. Students also struggle to learn. An interviewer wants to take in all the methods that you have in the tool bag. Give specifics to help lead your students in the right direction.

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  • Discovery

    18. How are positive relationships built in your classroom?

      How to Answer

      Classroom culture is what every interviewer wants to gather from an interviewee. By stating how this works in your classroom can go a long way. Ultimately, positive relationships help fuel a school in the right direction, and an interviewer wants to see and hear this.

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  • Discovery

    19. In what ways do you teach students who have varying abilities?

      How to Answer

      In the 21st Century, every student learns differently, whether or not they are on the spectrum. You must show how you multitask in the classroom to help students in the right direction. Share your success stories here.

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  • Discovery

    20. What makes you the best option for the student teaching vacancy?

      How to Answer

      With this question, the interviewer is trying to separate the student teaching pool. To do this, they will try to see what best qualities each candidate has. Then, they can fill the vacancy much easier.

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  • Discovery

    21. Describe the worst problem you had to endure in your life and how you overcame it.

      How to Answer

      By sharing a problem in your life, the interviewer can see how you have pushed forward. Everyone has adversity in their lives. But, how you have overcome the situation shows your true colors.

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  • Discovery

    22. How has college prepped you for teaching?

      How to Answer

      When involved in an interview, the interviewer wants to get to know your past. By talking about your college experience, you can give detailed information on your life that has prepared you for a moment such as this. The more examples, the better her that connect with teaching.

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  • Discovery

    23. How would you feel if a student failed?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to see your empathy in this specific situation. At one time or another, a student will fail. Speaking to how you might react will help the interviewer see your compassion in the most challenging of instances.

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  • Discovery

    24. Share a time you were a risk-taker.

      How to Answer

      There are times in any profession where people have to go outside their comfort zone. Proving that you have been a risk-taker in your life will show your humanity and flexibility. Give an example that expands on your value.

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  • Discovery

    25. What challenges do you expect as a student-teacher?

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      The interviewer wants to make sure you have an idea of what to expect in the job you want. To do this appropriately, speak to challenges for the specific school. Then, the interviewer will see that you have done your due diligence beforehand.

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  • Scenario Based

    26. How would you go about helping a student that is struggling to learn a new concept?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants specific ways that you will go into helping a student that is not getting the material the first time. It is common knowledge that not everyone is going to make sense of a new concept the very first time. By showing patience and having a few tricks up your sleeve, you can speak to the plan to help all students succeed.

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  • Scenario Based

    27. One of your classes has many English language learners in it. How will you help support literacy for them?

      How to Answer

      Having English language learners is more and more prevalent in the 21st Century. An interviewer wants to see how you will help in the process. Come up with constructive feedback and activities to help get E.L.L. students succeeding like none other.

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    28. A student is not learning through textbooks and worksheets. How will you use 21-Century learning through the help of technology?

      How to Answer

      Technology is the life we are living in this day and age. Students need the perfect amount of technology to enhance but not take over learning. Interviewers want to see your savvy and your creativity in the process.

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  • Scenario Based

    29. Describe how you work through stressful experiences.

      How to Answer

      Stress is a part of any job, and the interviewer knows this to be true. But, as the interviewee, you can wow them by giving a concrete example and how you flipped it to be positive. An experience like this will show that you have a maturity that students can see.

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  • Scenario Based

    30. Let's say you are taking care of a student who is struggling. How do you enjoy the process with them?

      How to Answer

      A scenario question puts you in the shoes of a student-teacher. The interviewer wants to see how you will react. In any student teaching position, the interviewer wants to observe how you think on your feet.

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